Wibbitz Auto-Magically Turns News Stories In To Videos: CEO

Newspaper newsrooms have been saying for years that their future is in video. But video remains hard and expensive to produce for organizations whose core competency is the “inverted pyramid” of text news stories. Enter Wibbitz, an Israeli company that wants to help them out. Wibbitz ingests client publishers’ news articles, runs artificial intelligence on the text and applies […]

 

Social News Distribution At NYT’s Forefront: Poorsattar

FORT LAUDERDALE — The New York Times wants to make a bigger deal out of getting its stories out to users of social networks. Last year’s leaked NYT Innovation Report flagged challenges with building audience using social, including insufficient use of Twitter by reporters and a Facebook account being run by commercial, not editorial, staff. […]

 

Journalism Now Free From Tyranny Of Robots: Quartz’s Delaney

Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney professes to be “really optimistic about the future of journalism”, now that he’s no longer writing stories for “robots”. “Ten years ago, we were writing headlines for Google’s search index robots,” Delaney tells Beet.TV. But things have changed: “There are a few dynamics at play that push you toward equality content. “Success is […]

 

CNNx Frees Viewers From Broadcast’s Grip: CNN’s Persaud

LOS ANGELES — CNN is seeking advertisers to buy slots in its recently-announced next-generation news platform, CNNx. The news broadcaster announced the product in April, including live-updating contextual information around real-time shows and scroll-back access to previously-aired stories. “You’re no longer at the mercy of the broadcast,” says Rajin Persaud, VP of next-gen business at the […]

 

Nigerian News Consumers Jump Straight To Mobile First

LONDON — From Google’s Loon to Facbeook’s drones, the internet that Silicon Valley’s giants will create in Africa will be quite different to the one back home. With many first-time consumers adopting mobile devices before desktop, Africa may be a vision of the west’s media future. “The rate at which the mobile phone has grown […]

 

Data-Hungry Mail Online Mulls Original-Video Move

CANNES – Look out, world. Having quickly become the planet’s most-visited newspaper website, Mail Online plans to ramp up its digital video offering beyond its core categories of entertainment, lifestyle and breaking world news. “We’ll continue to expand the types of video programming we’re deploying,” the title’s global chief marketing officer Sean O’Neal told Beet.TV […]

 

Reuters Digitizing Its Long Tail To License To Marketers

LONDON – Reuters has begun a “major” program to digitize 25,000 hours of analogue video content it hopes to license to content-hungry brands and to publishers eager for material to serve ads against. “It’s sitting in a basement,” Reuters’ global multimedia head Greg Beitchman told Beet.TV in this interview. “If you want that content today, […]

 

Britain’s Reality TV Doyenne: The News “Presenter” is Over

CANNES – The traditional role of a documentary or news show host – the “presenter” in the parlance of British television – is over, says Liz Warner, founder of  Betty productions, the highly successful producer of reality TV which was purchased by the Discovery Networks two years ago. Warner is a former commissioner of programming […]